Constant Change, another regional band hailing from the Raleigh area, performed with their usual very solid traditional bluegrass. Dan Wells on guitar is a very good lead singer in the high lonesome tradition. He's backed by a first rate band Brian and David Aldridge on banjo and mandolin as well as Clifton Preddy on fiddle and Gary Baird on bass. The band features very good harmonies and delivers its program with energy and conviction, if not exceptional showmanship.
Unfortunately for quality bluegrass bands like the Hagar's Mountain Boys and Constant Change, fans confuse energy, speed, and volume for quality. The Bluegrass Brothers put on a high energy, high volume program that pleases crowds while not exhibiting first rate singing or picking, despite recent kudos on Bluegrass-L. Fans, especially those well-lubricated by alcohol, whoop and holler, but don't get music whose lyrics are understandable or instrumentation which is tight or well presented. The formula seems to work for them, but for people wishing to hear well-presented bluegrass, they just don't cut it. The word "raw" is often applied to this band as if it were a compliment. For some, I guess it is.
Rhonda Vincent & The Rage and The Lonesome River Band provided the headliner performances expected of them. An interesting highlight of Rhonda's performance was the presence of Dorothy, who has written one of Rhonda's most requested Gospel testimonies.